The home of the elderly is buried under a 15-meter-high mountain of tumbleweed after thousands of weeds have been blown into his garden by a 60 mph wind in Washington
- Dick Wilde, 73, called for help from the local population to clean up thousands of tumbleweeds
- At home in Kennewick, Washington, was surrounded by piles of dry weeds
- A combination of strong 60 mph wind and dry weather led them to be blown
The home of an elderly person is buried under a 15 ft high mountain of tumbleweed after strong winds of 60 mph caused them to be blown into his yard.
Dick Wilde, 73, was shocked when he discovered huge bulbs of weeds from nearby wheat fields around his home in Kennewick, Washington.
Dry weather and winds led to tumbleweed being blown across the city – and it will take more than a week to clear it up.
Mr. Wilde has asked the locals for help to release them after they run the risk of catching fire.
An elderly person’s house is buried under a 15-meter-high mountain of tumbleweed – it will take more than a week to clean in Kennewick, Washington
Unfortunately for retired nuclear engineer his house is against the wind, which means that the weeds have piled up in his garden.
And he said he needs to work hard for about 20 hours to remove the mountain of tumbleweed.
“They all stayed in my garden from the wheat farms on Sunday evening,” Mr. Wilde explained.
“The wind was strong enough to pick them up and blow them right into my garden.
Dick Wilde, 73, has asked the locals for help to remove thousands of tumbleweeds that have been blown into his garden by strong winds
‘The pile reaches to the top of the house.
“I’m working on cleaning it up, but it will take me at least a week.”
Wilde has asked the local community for help to remove the weeds, because he is worried about the bone-dry piles that catch fire and set fire to his house.
He lives with his wife, Gigi, 60 and his three grandchildren, Ava, 10, Nathan, 13 and Kaylie, 15.
His house is surrounded by piles of dry weeds from nearby wheat fields – which run the risk of being on fire
Mr. Wilde added that the tumbleweed problems of the city this year are the worst for more than 20 years.
“They come from the wheat fields. At the edge of the fields the weeds grow and when they dry up they are blown into the city.
‘I work four hours a day to remove the weeds, but there are so many.
“It’s a fire hazard and they can go up in flames like a piece of paper. I have to have them removed as quickly as possible. “
A combination of strong 60 mph wind and dry weather led to huge balls of weeds that were blown across the city